The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library offers a Film Focus series every spring and fall. The six-week spring series started March 25 and runs through April 29.
“We’re really proud to have our own film festival with Film Focus,” said series organizer Tracy Montri, who is also manager of the Main Library’s audiovisual department. “We’re really proud of our programming at the library and of our collection.”
Film Focus started as a way for Toledoans to experience great films.
“Over the years, the public has taught the library that they’re very much interested in a diverse group of topics and presentations,” she said. “I try to choose very high-quality content and things that I don’t believe people otherwise have had an opportunity to see in the Toledo area.”
Now in its ninth year, the series is held in the McMaster Center at the Main Library, 325 N. Michigan St., on Mondays at 6:15 p.m. Each event is free, including underground parking.
- April 1: “You’ve Been Trumped” documentary, U.K., 95 minutes. A group of Scottish homeowners takes on Donald Trump over Britain’s very last stretches of wilderness.
- April 8: “Planet of Snail” documentary, Finland/Japan/South Korea, 88 minutes. At the heart of this film is Young-Chan, a deaf and blind man, who learns how to communicate with the world after meeting Soon-Ho. The two rely on one another completely. The film combines imagery with Young-Chan’s personal writings.
- April 15: “Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles” documentary, U.S., 86 minutes.
- April 22: “Found Memories” drama, Brazil/Argentina/France, 98 minutes. Madalena makes bread and lives a routine life. With the arrival of a visiting photographer, the two forge a deep relationship that changes both of their lives, as well as the lives of the villagers.
- April 29: “Award-Winning Family Friendly Shorts” (Encore screening May 4, 2 p.m.). An entertaining collection of short films recognized by the American Library Association:
- “Big Drive,” 9 min., ages 8 and up.
- “Show Way,” 12 min., ages 5 and up.
- “55 Socks,” 8 min., ages 8-14.
- “Kali the Little Vampire,” 9 min., ages 12 and up.
- “Anna, Emma and the Condors,” 20 min., ages 7 and up.
- “Bink & Gollie,” 14 min., ages 4-8.
- “Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion,” 13 min., ages 4-8.
For more information about the series, visit ToledoLibrary.org.